Dermal fillers might be temporary, but they are still a long term augmentation which can be the cause for a lot of questions. Most fillers are hyaluronic acid (HA) based and function within your body the same way your natural occurring HA does – as storage for moisture under the skin. The longevity of the filler depends on the chosen product.
Especially for first timers, the thoughts about clinics, procedures and needles can be overwhelming. Here at Fox Group, we want to alleviate some of these worries, and provide you with a comprehensive bank of information, answering all the questions you may have before your treatment.
Before you commit to a treatment, it is important to have a realistic idea of the look you are after and find a practitioner that can work with you to achieve this.
An open dialogue with a professional will help you understand how to best enhance your natural proportions and give you an idea of the outcome you can expect. As soon as you have decided on the treatment, it is a good time to research different dermal filler brands and listen to the recommendations of the practitioner. If you are looking for a long-lasting dermal filler, highly cross-linked products are the best choice, as these are the slowest to be degraded by the body. Should the professional you chose not stock the dermal filler you want, you can still request it for your treatment.
Most dermal filler brands will have several different viscosities of fillers, each suited for specific application areas. REVOLAX, for example, offers three fillers with different viscosities, meaning the filler can be chosen according to the area of application. It is also possible to combine the viscosities within one treatment where more than one area is augmented.
Choosing the right product is key to a pleasing result. Every brand has a different chemical structure and will therefore result in a slightly different outcome. Your practitioner will be able to talk to you about which products and treatments will suit your facial structure best and how to enhance your beauty in a natural way.
You should talk to your professional before the treatment and ask for a list of things they advise you not to do beforehand, for example, it is advised that you avoid drinking alcohol or taking blood thinning medication prior to your treatment. You will also be asked for your medical history and any medication you are taking. The professional reserves the right not to follow through with the treatment if they don’t think it is in your best interest. It is important to be honest about any medical conditions and medications to ensure there won’t be any complications. Avoid fillers if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
The procedure itself will only last a short little while without any downtime afterwards. Numbing cream will be applied to the area of injection and the procedure itself is not considered painful. However, it is common to experience some slight discomfort. Products containing the local anaesthetic Lidocaine make the application more comfortable. The treatment will be over before you can say ‘REVOLAX’ and you can see results immediately after.
Some swelling of the injected area after the treatment is perfectly normal and even some bruising can occur. These side effects should reduce within 72 hours. Icing the injected area immediately afterwards minimises bruising. It is important to resist the temptation to massage the injected area. During your treatment, the practitioner will massage the filler to ensure it is evenly spread, however, any further massaging can flatten the filler.
In conclusion, to be prepared for the treatment: know what you want and choose a practitioner who is suited to give you the desired results. Listen carefully to the post treatment guidelines, which can help bring down the swelling and bruising; and lastly, always follow your trained practitioners pre and post treatment instructions.